We're getting first of season salmon in tomorrow. I have very mixed feelings about salmon. It's certainly a beautiful, wonderful fish. It's certainly been an economic resource for this area for many many years. It's also certainly boring.
Don't jump all over me. I love salmon. But for many people it is the only, or one of the only, fish they will eat. I guess better they eat some fish than no fish at all but there is a lot of other stuff out there that is pretty easy on the tongue. But people won't eat it.
Seafood is getting tricky, as I've mentioned in previous posts. 30% of our appetizers and 60% of our entrees are seafood. The apps percentage would be higher if you didn't count the salads. Yet we get people who look at the menu and then leave because "We're looking for seafood." Do we have fried shrimp? No. Is this what they're looking for? I guess. Or fish & chips. Speaking of which, we tried to run a smelt fry and called it Mini "Fish & Chips" with a description of what the person was ordering. How many of these were sent back? Plenty.
It's not that I don't enjoy fish & chips or other fried seafood now and again. I do. I spent enough time as a kid in the south at catfish stands, eating crispy cats and steaming hush puppies to have that imprinted on my palate as something yummy. I've also eaten my share of salmon, whether smoked on a bagel, or fresh from the boat on the grill. So I understand the popularity.
I don't understand the resistance to other sea creatures. There was talk about not having a salmon season at all up here. While I hope it doesn't happen, because I know a few salmon fishermen, but if it did, and people had to try another kind of fish, I wouldn't weep.
Thanks to all who responded both publicly and privately about the GM's grandfather. She's had a rough few days. In addition to losing her grandfather she had to fire a waiter, a person we both like. She'll be leaving in a few days to help her family. I'll be staying here to try to keep us covered.